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  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,823

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

loved it and have recommended to friends

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-17

Quite an unusual premise which hooked me in right from the very start. Will look out for more by this author

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Couple Next Door

  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,342

People are capable of almost anything. Fast-paced and addictive, The Couple Next Door announces a major new talent in thriller writing. You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you live only next door. You'll have the baby monitor, and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen

  • By Joanne on 25-05-17

loved it especially the twists near the end

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-16

Wasn't so sure at the start but glad I kept listening and it ended up being a great book
with twists and turns at the end

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,426

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? Jack has looks and wealth; Grace has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW !!!!

  • By M F Herbert on 23-04-16

brilliant from start to finish

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-16

Loved this book so much as it's a tense thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Can't wait to read more from this author

  • The Girl in the Ice

  • Detective Erika Foster Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound, and dumped in water around London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-pounding!

  • By Know Your Writes on 29-03-16

Very enjoyable crime novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-16

Loved this and found it very easy to listen to. A likeable main character Erica and an exciting storyline that had me right from the start. I look forward to spending time with Erica again so fingers crossed that book 2 isn't too far away

  • Little Boy Blue

  • DI Helen Grace 5
  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 443

Hiding her personal connection to the victim - and a double-life which must remain secret at all costs - Helen becomes a woman possessed, working her team around the clock to chase down every lead. As the killer strikes again, the investigation takes its toll not only on Helen but also her senior officers. Tempers flare, friendships fray and Helen faces an impossible choice. Confess her sins and lose control of the case? Or keep living a lie, protecting her darkest secrets, and risk getting trapped in this tangled web?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A totally implausible storyline.

  • By Steena on 21-03-16

another great episode in the life of Helen Grace.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-16

I can't wait for Book 6 to come out so we can continue the story

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • Continuing Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,142

Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry, terrible!

  • By DKHerts on 14-11-18

Took a while to get going

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-15

overall it was good to get some more of the Salander story and the last part of the story was quite exciting but I found the first 2/3rds very slow. The narrators voice was also quite monotone for long sections and I found myself falling asleep. Glad to have read it but not one of my favourites

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

loved every moment of this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-15

Had me gripped from the very start this one, what a great new talent and a brilliant, twisting storyline. Quite harrowing at times, I wanted to finish it to know what happened but I'll miss it now it'a all read. I can't wait for the next book by this author

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,311

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

Pretty much my favourite chick lit thriller ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-15

If you could sum up The Girl on the Train in three words, what would they be?

Mesmerizing - Gripping - Rollercoaster

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Rachel, her life is so flawed and she views the outside well as so perfect and happy next to hers but she starts to realise that all is not as it seems. You want to shake her out of her alcoholic daze at times but you just want good things to come her way and for everyone else to see what's happening and believe her

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

They added a good depth of emotion and believability to all the characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most definitely, I couldn't wait for bed time or a quiet moment to come where I could cram lots more in

Any additional comments?

I'll seek out her next novel for sure, absolutely loved this

  • Wolf

  • By: Mo Hayder
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

'I believe, from what I can hear, that either my daughter or my wife has just been attacked. I don't know the outcome. The house is silent.' Fourteen years ago two teenage lovers were brutally murdered in a patch of remote woodland. The prime suspect confessed to the crimes and was imprisoned. Now, one family is still trying to put the memory of the killings behind them. But at their isolated hilltop house... the nightmare is about to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, tense, edge of seat thriller

  • By Anne on 08-05-14

I LOVED every enthralling, suspenseful moment

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-15

What made the experience of listening to Wolf the most enjoyable?

The narrator was brilliant but I have to say I've never listened or read a Mo Hayder novel and now I'm hooked. Suspenseful story telling at it's best. Great twists and just a thrilling journey from start to finish

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wolf?

My favourite was fairly near the start when 'the moment everything changes' happens

What does Jot Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He was a brilliant storyteller, he told the story well differentiating the characters well but without detracting from the story

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

People are never quite who they seem !

Any additional comments?

I've now started the DI Caffery series from Book 1. Wolf was my first Mo Hayder which was book 7 of the series and although it stands out as a brilliant book in it's own right I need to know what happened before now. A summer full of Mo Hayder ahead I think

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,281

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Hand Picked By Tartt- Outstanding!

  • By Tara Mcgrath on 02-12-13

Astonishingly beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-14

Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

I absolutely loved book from start to finish. An epic tale of the the tragic theo and how he copes with life after the sudden and violent death of his mother. A faulty, guilt ridden life follows, so very sad but in a way things work out a little better for him than you'd expect